Alongside the connection between lighting and video, Ed and Hakkasan’s vice president of Entertainment James Algate wanted a way to automatically link the music’s BPM to the lighting.
The Avolites consoles needed to trigger effects in time with the beat with no latency, allowing the entire shape and structure of the room to morph in perfect time with the sound.
Responding to this, Oliver wrote this capability into Titan v10.1, the forthcoming operating system update to be released shortly after V10.0, adding a new dimension of versatility to the entire console range.
“The new Titan Beat System allows for both speed and synchronisation from an external source,” he explains. “Using this the LD can link all lighting effects to one beat; a process that would have previously been done manually. The LD is then freed up to carry out other lighting tasks.”
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“The automatic BPM sync was one of our biggest technical challenges but it was all made possible through the tremendous support from the whole Avolites team,” adds Shaw.
Another challenged the team faced was the sheer amount of data that the system needs to deal with; in fact, it’s the biggest system that AudioTek has ever put together, even taking into account concert touring.
As a comparison, AudioTek’s managing director Frank Murray points out that the most recent Radiohead tour managed 46 Dream Panels on the back wall, each of which needed streaming data for the video on one side and DMX on the other: Jewel uses 54.
“The support from the Avolites teams both in the UK and the US was fantastic,” says Andy.
“From allowing us to take over the warehouse to test out gear and do some valuable pre-programming, to them being on site in Vegas, they’ve been supportive far and above the call of duty, and are continuing to be so. I know they’ve kept in touch with the in house programmer, Jorge Tellez, to help him get to grips with this demanding rig. This was an incredibly challenging job from both an artistic and technological point of view, and it couldn’t have been achieved without Avolites’ cutting edge products. It was a great leap of faith from management at Hakkasan to approve the design and I don’t think it could have been achieved without the incredible efforts of the team.”
This article was originally posted on Commercial Integrator Europe.